Malcolm X: Fighting for Human Rights by Jeff Burlingame tells the life story of Malcolm X, an African-American whose family was frequently harassed by the Ku Klux Klan during his childhood. Malcolm knew this harassment was unfair and began to channel his anger and resentment into systematic activism. His father was killed in 1931, so Malcolm had to quit school to help his family. Eventually, he was able to live in Boston with the help of his sister, but he spent a significant amount of time in prison for street crime. From prison, he wrote to Elijah Poole and joined the Nation of Islam, which advocated racial pride. Malcolm was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39.
Review by Ryan D.
Last Modified September 25, 2022